Friday, 20 January 2017

Dollar Tea Club Review - January 2017 - Canadian Tea Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Dollar Tea Club
How Much? Starts at $12/month. Free shipping. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? Select 1-4 50g pouches of tea. Pay for what you order. Full customizable.

Dollar Tea Club is tea subscription club based in Toronto. Each month, subscribers receive one to four 50 gram pouches of tea. Each pouch makes 10 to 20 cups of tea. Dollar Tea Club is fully customizable. You choose how much tea you receive and you select the flavours. The price is based on the number of pouches you order, starting at $12. Each month you can change your order to add more or less tea and choose new varieties. If your online TeaBox is left unchanged, you will receive the same selections each month. Dollar Tea Club "Guaran'teas" there are no hidden costs!

To get started, sign up for a free Dollar Tea Club account. Browse the tea shop and build a monthly TeaBox by choosing your desired selection of teas (up to 4). Complete the checkout process. You only pay for what you order. Your first TeaBox will be delivered between 2-8 business days, and then monthly thereafter. You can skip or cancel any time.

New subscribers receive a free tea scoop, mesh ball infuser, and paper tea filters with their first order. If more filters are required, they can be added to your monthly order. Prices start at $1.50 for 10 filters.

My trial package included three 50 gram pouches, which would cost $24. That works out to $8 per bag instead of $12, a savings of $4 per bag!

Cactus Fig (50g)
If you are looking for a bold green tea taste followed by a calming fig finish, look no more.
Ingredients: Green tea, fig pieces, aloe vera pieces, sandalwood, orange flower petals

Strawberry Shortcake (50g)
This healthy green tea packs a sweet strawberry shortcake taste.
Ingredients: Green tea, pineapple pieces, strawberry spices
I didn't taste the strawberry in here at all. It was more like a tropical green tea. Still very nice and would be great iced.

Masala Chai (50g)
A robust, full-bodied blend that embraces the natural flavor of Indian spices.
Ingredients: Black tea, cardamom seeds, ginger pieces, cloves, cinnamon pieces, black pepper

In addition to receiving 1-4 full size teas of your choice, each box also includes 3 free samples to try out. There's enough in each pouch for 1-2 cups. These are my samples for January:
  1. English Breakfast - traditional classic and robust black tea.
  2. Apple Pie - apple pieces, sultana raisins, cinnamon, red cornflower petals. Apple Pie has a light, sweet flavour. Not quite apple pie, but it's a nice after dinner tea.
  3. Full Power - peppermint, lemongrass, echinacea, cinnamon, spearmint, fennel, cardamom seed, rose-hip, ginger, burdock root, cloves, sweet blackberry leaves, black pepper.
Dollar Tea Club Tea Scoop
All new subscribers receive a free scoop in their first box!

Paper Tea Filters
Paper tea filters are great for loose leaf tea. I find them less messy than using mesh strainer style tea infusers. Dollar Tea Club sells 10, 15, and 20 packs of filters. 

Mesh Tea Infuser Ball
Along with the tea scoop, all new subscribers will receive a small tea infuser ball in their first box. It's the kind with a chain that clips around the handle of your mug.

My January TeaBox from Dollar Tea Club included three 50g pouches of quality loose leaf tea. It also included three 10-15g samples, a tea scoop, infuser, and tea filters. The later three come in your first package only, but the three samples are included every month! This is a really great subscription for tea lovers. I like that it's customizable so you get just the right amount of your favourite varieties of tea.

Interested in trying Dollar Tea Club? Use promo code cdnboxaddict to save 15% off your first order!

Click here to check out Dollar Tea Club.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Review - Winter 2016 - Fashion Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
How Much? $100/quarter, plus $15 shipping to Canada. Prices in US dollars. Canadian import tax/duty may be an extra cost, charged as a COD.
What’s in it? Fashion & beauty picks from celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe valued over $350

Box of Style is a luxurious seasonal subscription curated by The Zoe Report Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Zoe, and her team. Each season, get a surprise delivery of stylish fashion and beauty finds valued over $350. Items come from established designers, niche brands, and exclusively-designed collaborations. Each box contains one "Hero Item", which makes up the bulk of the value, plus a selection of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle products.

Full spoilers were released way back in late November. Click here for a refresher. I've been waiting a long time to get my hands on this baby!

This review is quite late because my box only arrived January 11th! The winter mailing encountered quite a few shipping delays. Winter boxes are supposed to ship mid-December, but hundreds of subscribers are just receiving their boxes now. It's not clear what caused the delay, but even my review box, which is separate from subscribers, got caught up in the fray. My box shipped December 30th. It was delievered to the post office January 11th, with a $24.50 COD fee due for taxes and brokerage fees. Other Canadian subscribers that I've chatted with paid around the same.

First look!

The info booklet includes a note from Rachel Zoe.
"Between glamorous parties and cozy nights at home, winter calls for chic yet effortless on-the-go style. This season's ultra-luxe white box is filled with my and my team's favorite finds - everything you will need for winter and beyond. Take your look from desk to dinner and stay refreshed in between! I hope you are as obsessed with it as much as I am!"

Box of Style also launched a referral program. Refer five people and your next delivery is free!

Soia & Kyo Oliva Cable Knit Hat ($50)
This toque was offering in black, vanilla, or merlot and subscribers were able to select their preference. I received all three colours earlier in December as part of a blogger preview (see here). Vanilla is my favourite, followed by black. Both look fantastic with my grey winter coat. This toque can be worn slouchy with the cuff unrolled or as is.

Clinique Lip Color + Primer in Berry Pop ($18)
 Rachel Zoe says a bold lip is the quintessential accessory of the beauty world. This is a great dark berry hued colour, perfect for all skin-tones.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Fragrance - Purse Size
The "Spotlight Product" is a new feature, which includes a sponsored sample product. It's fun to get little extras!

Dagne Dover Exclusive Leather Card Case ($50)
This leather card case was designed exclusively for The Zoe Report. Similar styles on the Dagne Dover website are coated canvas, so this is a real treat for Box of Style subscribers. We also received a 25% off code for Dagne Dover, but you need a US shipping address.

I have an old silk brocade card case that I picked up while in China. It's a little worn out now, so this is the perfect replacement! There are two interior pockets and one exterior.

Dylanlex Zoey Custom Necklace ($200)
This pieces was designed specifically for Box of Style. Typical Dylanlex designs retail for $300 to $1000+. This piece is really pretty piece with good weight to it. The necklace measures 18" long from end to end. It can be worn as a choker, or use the 4 inches of extender chain to wear it "bib style". On the back side of the connectors (the bar that connects the bib to the chain), there is an engraving marking this as an exclusive item for Rachel Zoe's Box of Style. This necklace helps promote Dylanlex's new DLNLX line, which features everyday style for $45 to $195.

I received the necklace as part of the blogger preview back in December and wore it at Christmas. I liked the look, but found it too short. I even wore it on the last link and it still seemed off. I had to keep adjusting it all night. I think the design works better as a choker.

This is a re-post of the snap I shared in December.

Sunday Riley Tidal Enzyme Brightening Water Cream ($65)
I've been looking forward to this cream for months. I have heard such great things about it! This water cream brightens, soothes, and hydrates.

It's incredibly light and feels great over or under makeup. This will do wonders for my winter-dried skin!

D.L. & Co The Zoe Report "Birch" Custom Candle ($50)
This birch candle offers a relaxing woodsy scent. Use it to enhance your at-home spa experience or make it the focal point of a chic table setting.

The glass jar of my candle was covered with greasy fingerprints. From reading other reviews and forums, others experienced the same. Not the best quality control with this product.

The Winter 2016 Box of Style from Rachel Zoe included seven items, valued at $433 US! While it's disappointing that the winter box shipped so late, I'm happy to have all the products now. The card case and Sunday Riley cream have already been put to use!  

If you'd like to get your hands on this one, it's still available. Use promo code WINTER10 at checkout to save $10 on your seasonal subscription. Code is valid until January 31st.

Click here to check out Box of Style.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Novel Editions Review - January 2017 - Canadian Book Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

Canadian Box Addict pays for this box.
What is it? Novel Editions
How Much? $44.99/month, plus tax and $9.61 shipping. Save on 3 month terms. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? A recently released novel as well as 3 related items and a note from the curator.

Novel Editions is a Canadian subscription box for book lovers. Each month, Novel Editions sends a carefully curated box of bookish items. Expect to receive a fiction novel released in the last 6 months, 3-4 items that are relevant to the book, plus a note from the curator explaining why she chose the book. The founder, Alex, spends a great deal of time each month curating the perfect box to bring joy to subscribers.

Boxes ship the first week of each month via Canada Post. Shipping is a flat rate $9.61 across Canada. A single month subscription is non-recurring, so you need to sign up again the following month. The 3 month terms are pre-paid and non-recurring and shipping is included in the total cost.

Mid-month, Alex releases a Book Club Guide on the Novel Editions Blog. There is also a Novel Editions Book Club Facebook Group where subscribers can share their thoughts and join in an online monthly book chat. With these features, Novel Editions really is a complete "book club in a box". I took part in the November Book chat, featuring a guest appearance by the author of November's featured book. It was a great experience and it really solidified my love for this subscription!

The theme for January is Enchantment.

The items in this box are as equally enchanting as the included book. They connect with the novel and also offer a little bit of relaxation and magic after a busy holiday season!

Product Listing

Northern D'lights Bubble Truffle Scoops (3, $12)
This company is based in Saskatchewan and creates artisan bath and body products. Bubble Truffles are "moisturizing bath melt and luxurious bath bomb in one".  They're made with organic cocoa butter, shea butter, and mango butter.

This personalized box included the following little items...

Tealyra Blooming Tea (4, ~$9.50)
These flavoured green teas include blueberry, passion fruit, jasmine, and vanilla.

These "blooming" tea balls are so cool. It's made with special handwoven Chinese tea and flowers.

And they are very pretty to watch unfurl in the teapot!

New Moon Tea Co. Lavender Sleep Sachet (~$4)
This sachet can be placed under your pillow, hung from your headboard, or placed on your bedside to help relax you to sleep. Alternatively, place it in a drawer or cupboard to freshen linens.

I love how the book is wrapped like a gift. It keeps the book a surprise while the other items are unboxed. The card says this novel is "mystical, historical, and a little eerie". 

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay ($34.95 retail)
From the publisher:
The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom (Moth from The Virgin Cure) has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with another young woman who feels it's finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch: a former medical student and gardien de sorts (keeper of spells), Eleanor St. Clair. Together they cater to Manhattan's high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions--and in guarding the secrets of their clients. All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment.
     Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor's apprentice, but her new life with the witches is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind? Eleanor wants to tread lightly and respect the magic manifest in the girl, but Adelaide sees a business opportunity. Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, she submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits. Amidst the witches' tug-of-war over what's best for her, Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force. 
     As Adelaide and Eleanor begin the desperate search for Beatrice, they're confronted by accusations and spectres from their own pasts. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?

This sounds like a very interesting book! I like the historical aspect. Unfortunately I haven't found time to read it yet, but it's next on my list.

The January Novel Editions included one hard cover novel, plus three additional items. The retail value of this box is just over $60 Canadian. It's another thoughtfully curated box. All the extras are from small Canadian companies and they fit the theme perfectly. I can't wait to start reading the book!

Interested in trying Novel Editions? Use promo code cdnboxaddict to save 10% off the December box (I paid $52.93 CDN, including tax and shipping, minus the discount). Code is not valid on 3 month terms. Also remember that the monthly subscription does not renew, so you will have to order again to get the next box.

The theme for February is Nature and the box will feature two books both by Canadian Aboriginal authors plus 3 additional items. This January box is still available for purchase as well. The January book club chat on Facebook is scheduled for February 7th, so there is still time to order the Enchantment box and take part in the chat!

If you enjoyed this review and decide to sign up, please let Novel Editions know that Canadian Box Addict referred you. Simply enter "CDNBOXADDICT" in the "Note to Sender" section at checkout. Your referral is much appreciated!

Click here to check out Novel Editions.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Nerd Block Classic Review - December 2016 - Canadian Geek & Gamer Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Nerd Block Classic
How much? $19.99/month, plus tax and $8.75 shipping. Prices in US dollars.
What's in it? Comic-con in a box. Includes 4-6 collectible items, including a custom t-shirt and a $10 credit for

Nerd Block is a Canadian subscription service that sends a monthly mystery package filled with nerdy apparel, toys, and collectibles. The products chosen represent all genres from movies, television, video games, internet, and more! There are 8 Blocks to choose from: Nerd Block Classic, Gamer Block, Comic Block, Horror Block, Sci-Fi Block, T-Shirt Block, Nerd Block Jr. Boys, and Nerd Block Jr. Girls. While boxes ship from within Canada, keep in mind that Nerd Block bills in US dollars.

You can skip or cancel any time, and you can even change your block from month to month. Classic, Horror, and Gamer Blocks can be switched between each other. To switch your block all you have to do is log into your account to view your switching option.

See all my Nerd Block reviews here.
The spoilers for December indicated we would be getting FOUR exclusive items from Star Wars Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Looks like an exciting collection this month!

The theme for December is "The Darkside". All 5 of the items this month are Nerd Block exclusives!

ShirtPunch T-Shirt - The Decepticons
This shirt is exclusive for Nerd Block subscribers and it's amazing! I love the design and colour choice.

Star Wars Rogue One Coin Bank
This little coin bank is another Nerd Block exclusive. It's a great design with lots of detail but it's quite small. It won't be able to hold my vacation fund, that's for sure!

Star Wars Darth Vader Chrome Mug
This mug is pretty spectacular. Who doesn't want to drink out of a moulded chrome Darth Vader head??

This will be great at work!

Rogue One Lanyard Set
Lanyards are always "meh" to some people, but ages ago I received a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lanyard and ID holder, which I use to hold my work ID and prox card, and I get some many comments and compliments on it. I may have to change it up with this one.

Star Wars Rogue One Coasters
This four pack of thick cardboard coasters would be great at a Star Wars themed party or movie viewing.

The designs are pretty cool!

The upcoming January theme is "Stark Industries" and the box includes 5 exclusive items! Unfortunately it's too late to sign up for January, but there's plenty of time to sign up for the February box.

The December Nerd Block Classic included five exclusive items, featuring Star Wars and Transformers! This is one of the best Nerd Blocks in a while. The t-shirt and Darth Vader mug are the best items ever. I sound like a teenager, but I'm totally serious! I didn't do a valuation on this box because of so many exclusives, but Nerd Block Classic typically has a value above $60 US.

Interested in trying Nerd Block? Use promo code SAVE15 to get 15% off your first block. Order before December 15th to receive the December box. Boxes ship between the 15th and 20th. Nerd Block also has a new online shop. Be sure to check it out on their website.

Click here to check out Nerd Block.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up